The Rhizosphere Science Laboratory is outfitted with a wide variety of equipment for analysis of the chemical and biochemical processes taking place between microbes, plants and soils and how the intricate relationship between these environmental components influence ecosystem processes and services. The lab is divided into three research facilities including the core Rhizosphere Science Laboratory, the Rhizosphere Imaging Laboratory, and the Agroecosystem Mesocosm Facility. Each of these facilities will be described in more detail below.
- Nicolet (Thermo-Fisher) 6700 Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) Spectrometer
- Dionex Ultimate 3000 High Performance Liquid Chromatographer
- Perkin-Elmer Wallac 1420 Victor2 multi-plate reader with dispenser module
- SpectraMax i3 Multi-Mode Detection Platform with MiniMax 300 Imaging Cytometer
- Sherlock Microbial ID System (MIDI)
- Regent WinRhizo root analysis system
- PreSens small (4x4cm) and large (25x25cm) FOV Planar Optode system for determination of the 2D distribution of O2, CO2, and pH
- CID Bio-Science CI-600 Root Imager
- Thermo-Fisher Spectrophotometer 20
- Microvoid Laminar Flow Hood
- Barnstead Lab Line III Incubator with Barnstead Digital flatbead Shaker
- Plant Growth Facilities (Greenhouse, Growth Chambers and Pure-Culture)
- Miscellaneous Equipment (balances, microcentrifuge, etc)
- Facilities and Equipment Use
Some of the equipment descirbed above can be made available for use by those outside the lab with fees to cover operating and labor costs for technical support. If you are interested in using any of the equipment above, please send a written reqeust via email to Joe Kupper (Lab Analyst/Manager) at firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to Prof. David McNear at email@example.com.